fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \

Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being ferocious the ferocity of the lion's attack

Examples of ferocity in a Sentence

the ferocity of the lion's attack We were stunned by the ferocity of the storm.

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This full-throttle ferocity also made its way onto the runways. Vogue, "the Animal Prints," 16 Mar. 2019 Sherri’s mama bear ferocity is necessary to turn the plot, just as Charlie’s hysteria about Yale is, but in real life both would be subtler. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Skewering White Pieties About Diversity in ‘Admissions’," 12 Mar. 2018 The dominance of this myth has much more to do with the frequency of its repetition and the ferocity of its messengers than with any evidence whatsoever. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Are the teachers unions really as powerful as all that?," 27 June 2018 My mother was a homemaker who raised four kids with vigor and ferocity and verve. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Jeff Goldblum Fulfilled a Teenage Dream Written on Steamed Glass," 20 Nov. 2018 There’s a fine line when the car will hook up, just on the edge of wheelspin, and huck itself out of the gate with maximum ferocity. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Drag Race a 797-Horsepower Hellcat Redeye," 13 Nov. 2018 My father, the true son of his father and grandfather was born into the character of American greatness, was convinced of the need to defend it with ferocity and faith. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Meghan McCain's Eulogy for Her Father John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 The ferocity of the fire melted cars’ metal hub caps. Derek Gatopoulos, The Seattle Times, "Wildfires in Greece kill 74 in deadliest blazes in decades," 24 July 2018 Few people have experienced the ferocity of a storm like Hazel, which also was blamed for at least 60 deaths in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York state. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Florence could hit with punch not seen in more than 60 years," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of ferocity

1606, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ferocity

: a very fierce or violent quality : the quality or state of being ferocious


fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \
plural ferocities

Kids Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being fierce or savage

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